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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 31, 2009 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Sunday night survey

2nd set - Roosevelt Stadium - July 31, 1973

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 31, 2009 10:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Sunday night survey

A picture tells a 1000 words.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Sep 1, 2009 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Another Sunday night survey

Like many regulars here, I too have mentioned this show before. Here is my 2-year-old review.

I was there that night. My b'day was the 31st. Jerry's was at midnight. The band took a break after Playing in the Band. The crowd up front passed a birthday cake up on-stage. You can hear the crowd sing happy birthday. The energy was building. Roosevelt Stadium was buzzing. There was definitely something going "on," with all of us, including the band. No doubt about it.

It was incredibly electric when they came back out to play. We were all charged up and ready for the 2nd set. The Dead began with the hottest China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider that I've ever heard [at a show]. A few moments later, they exploded into an electric medley of Promised Land > Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told. Bertha and Greatest Story melted the house down. They were so hot. Never mind if you hear any "wailin'." We love them dearly, and cherish the precious moments like these. This is timeless music for us thrill-seekers. Black Peter is powerfully soulful. Big River cooks. Loose Lucy rocks and sizzles. Bobby McGee is beautiful. Truckin' is critically insane and amazing. Never mind somebody blows the lyrics in it. Check out Phil about 9:00 into it. He does a really cool solo for us. It was an amazing night. Great show right to the finish. Excellent '73 sound. The most exciting show out of the 25 I saw this year. It smoked! Wow! Get the downloads. Cherry pick the 2nd set, at least.

Fall '72 and all of '73 was a rebound time for the band. It was also very climactic for the Dead and their audiences with the sound system. The Dead had their pure sounding prototype "wall of sound" perfected by now. This audience recording sounds great. The sound system was just a bit tinny that night, but good quality anyway. I taped this show that night on my brand new Nakamichi 550. I was able to grab up a 10-foot pole from some scaffolding rubble outside the front gate of the stadium. Amazingly, I walked right in with it. I setup in the center fairly close to the stage, with my mic on top of the pole. Near the end of the last tune, a huge Hell's Angel security dude came up to me and asked me for my tape. He was 3 times my size. I was 5' 8" 130 then, I'm 140 now. I gave it up, and almost cried. My friend, Jimmy Watson was there. He followed that security dude backstage. 5 or 10 minutes later, Jimmy was back with my tape. It was all grins, ear-to-ear. I've listened to this show for years, always hearing Johnny B Goode cutting off abruptly. Thanks to Jerry Moore's great taping, 34 years later I'm able to hear Bobby say goodnight, at the very end. I truly love the music, and what the Dead represented. Thanks everyone.